I have made it a habit, this time of year, to pause and recognize all of those that have lent their energy and gifts to making The Center for Mindful Living a vibrant and compassionate healing community. I invite you to take a moment to read their names and, if you have ever had an experience of insight, peace, or restoration within our walls, please know that their contributions, though frequently unsung, played a role in your journey.
My deepest thanks go out to my colleague, Laura Crosby who, along with fellow facilitators, Dan Weidner, Aaron Weiner, and Katie Hupp, hold the space that allow our practice to be regular and sustained in these challenging days. Laura also facilitates the study group, which for years now, has made contemporary writings and teachings accessible to our community for discussion and growth.
I also want to recognize Christina Murphy, who works behind the scenes as our marketing and social media Goddess, bringing you this newsletter every month, as well as the mid-month musings, and helps us keep the CML community connected and informed.
Of course, the heart of CML began as a therapeutic space and we are so blessed to have the talents of our compassionate clinicians, Pamela Mueggenberg, Kara Cavel, and our newest addition, Jenna Lopez, to help ease the suffering of those who seek support and understanding. Each of these women embody the essence of learning, wisdom, and tenderness, and I learn from them every day.
Thank you to Alma and Mireya, who keep our space so beautifully for us, and to Blake who makes sure that we don’t trip and break something of import on the ice.
On behalf of all of us at CML, I want to acknowledge all of our teachers, guides, and mentors who have shown us the path, and gently redirected us when we stray or get distracted. We are also grateful to our families and loved ones, who have helped to shape and supported us as we become more and more ourselves.
Mostly, I want to thank you, Beloved Member of the CML community.
Thank you for making our community vibrant and alive with your presence and curiosity about yourself and the world. Thank you for keeping the meditation cushions warm (even virtually), the therapy sessions rich, and/or loving yourself enough to learn about self-compassion. Thank you for being so courageous in walking the path with us. Thank you for reading this newsletter.
And thank you for all of your support of our efforts, and for your willingness to share of yourself and your wisdom to help make our space, and our world, a better place.
Gratitude and Blessings on your journey,
Louisa has always enjoyed writing and is thrilled that she now has a way to share her musings with a larger community of like-minded seekers. Her writing is often an extension and exploration of the struggles she faces in integrating her own spirituality, scholarly study, life experience, and nuggets of brilliance from her teachers in the hopes that it might alchemically transform itself into something approximating wisdom.